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alk 19th February 2012 08:02 AM

Best tube compressor for stereo buss
 
I already have an Alan Smart C2 for the aggressive side
what do you guys use for a nice, smooth all tube compressor on the stereo buss?

fredouli 19th February 2012 07:21 PM

hey dude, I'd just search manley Vari Mu, Thermionic Phoenix, Gyraff etc. this ish is covered and then some.. the first 2 of the above are really common for that tho.

Audio Child 19th February 2012 09:31 PM

Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!

Ben F 19th February 2012 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Audio Child (Post 7582674)
Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!

Add the Knif Vari-Mu

swafford 19th February 2012 11:02 PM

Pendulum OCL/2

thermos 19th February 2012 11:09 PM

My Pendulum OCL-2 with High Pass filter would be awesome. (Shameless). https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gears...er-switch.html

starseed 20th February 2012 01:44 PM

Rock Ruepel Comp One, versatile and clear.

8inthemorning 20th February 2012 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Audio Child (Post 7582674)
Vari mu & Pheonix are usually top choices!


Agree. And I would add the Qes labs Variable Gm to the top list.

Drumsound 20th February 2012 04:43 PM

The compression is JFET, but the Drawmer 1969 has a really nice sounding tube output section and a hi pass sidechain option. It's are great piece of gear.

Magucci 21st February 2012 03:31 AM

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Originally Posted by starseed (Post 7584948)
Rock Ruepel Comp One, versatile and clear.

TRUE kfhkh

riffmachine 21st February 2012 06:03 AM

I have been very happy with my Manley VariMu with the Tbar and HPsc mods. The mods really made it great 2bus comp IMO. - Paul

Olivaffair 21st February 2012 08:10 AM

The Drawmer 68 is, lovely, transparent and smooth on the mix buss. One of the cheaper buss comps out there too.

Olivaffair 21st February 2012 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Olivaffair (Post 7588183)
The Drawmer 68 is, lovely, transparent and smooth on the mix buss. One of the cheaper buss comps out there too.

Although I should add the '68 is a FET compressor which uses a valve make up gain amp.

PRIME8PRODUCTIONS 21st February 2012 09:31 AM

Have to agree on the Drawmer 1968 ME.

Nice piece of gear at a nice price.

Can add some good colouration when boosting the tube output gain stage.

Deleted 37a7726 21st February 2012 09:42 AM

+1 for the 1968me. I also heavily recommend the hcl varis for pristine smoothness & a great feature set in the vari mu lineup.

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uncle muscles 21st February 2012 09:48 AM

Definitely avoid the summit dcl 200 like the plague. Dont forget the retro 176 :D

Doc Mixwell 21st February 2012 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by uncle muscles (Post 7588338)
Definitely avoid the summit dcl 200 like the plague. Dont forget the retro 176 :D

What's wrong with the DCL200? Just curious...

I tried the half rack summit stuff a while back, and before I even plugged it in, one of the units fell apart in my hand.

Pass

warhead 21st February 2012 09:01 PM

The last compressor to come in the door here that just had us at full attention from action to build to tone to ease of use to WOW was the Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB model.

Totally crazy good, and maybe the most versatile compressor on the market as far as control and tone variations.

War peachh

Canopus 23rd February 2012 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by 8inthemorning (Post 7585189)
Agree. And I would add the Qes labs Variable Gm to the top list.

The Variable Gm is a very sweet-sounding compressor, with a warm character, that actively flatters rather than simply controlling gain.
I love it's 3-D soundstage.
It can be transparent, with 2-3dB of reduction.
Really impressive on the stereo or drum bus.

Studio Luka 23rd February 2012 09:53 AM

Thermionic Phoenix all day long!

J_Flux 6th June 2012 11:45 AM

Does anyone have an opinion on the Thermionic Phoenix Vs. HCL Varis?

They seem to be very similar units but I haven't yet seen a proper comparison.

QRS 6th June 2012 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by alk (Post 7580930)
I already have an Alan Smart C2 for the aggressive side
what do you guys use for a nice, smooth all tube compressor on the stereo buss?

Retro Instruments 176
Lisson Grove R124
Mercury M66

matteo_mp 6th June 2012 01:49 PM

I'm going to get the Thermionics Phoenix, as soon as I can I'll give you a feedback. I already have an API 2500, hope this is the right thing to add in tha chain jkthtyrt

bushwick 6th June 2012 03:03 PM

Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous. Larry Janus' SR71 is on my mix buss most of the time. Its a remarkable piece of equipment. EVERYTHING I put through it sounds better.

AllAboutTone 6th June 2012 03:48 PM

Been around the block a few times. Rolls is still my fav.

adc004 6th June 2012 09:50 PM

Innertube Atomic Squeezebox

Malini 7th June 2012 01:07 AM

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Originally Posted by QRS (Post 7950635)
Retro Instruments 176
Lisson Grove R124
Mercury M66

Nice selection!!! kfhkh

M66 - drum buss
Lisson - ac/el guitar buss
Retro - vocal buss
right?

Malini 7th June 2012 01:31 AM

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Originally Posted by bushwick (Post 7951013)
Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous.

Can you post a picture of the new U73?
You already have 4 (!) Telefunken U73 in your studio. Do you want another one?

Resis 26th July 2012 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Malini (Post 7952913)
Retro 176 - vocal buss
right?

I prefer the sta level for this task. ymmv.

Jeb A 8th November 2014 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bushwick (Post 7951013)
Get on Oliver's ass about finishing up the U73 remakes. Tube-telefunken tone with envelope shaping. I have his prototype here and its marvelous. Larry Janus' SR71 is on my mix buss most of the time. Its a remarkable piece of equipment. EVERYTHING I put through it sounds better.

Just curious if your unit is based on the b version of the U73.
If you can post some clips, that would be great.